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Wretches & Jabberers DVD – A Journey Into Autism

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A moving and delightful movie and about two men on the autism spectrum who are both “functionally non-verbal” finding their voices through facilitated and typed communication. Debunking the myths that people who cannot speak with their mouths are “retarded” or “intellectually disabled”.

Tracy and Larry are best of friends and their passion for advocacy leads them to meeting others around the globe who are also yearning and fondly sharing their experiences and voices with a wider audience, showing great empathy, compassion, introspection and deepness through the words that they write to a wider audience. Bringing people into their world and inviting others to think, reflect and reevaluate what “autism” and “intelligence” even look like. ¬†Showing great feats of creativity.

There is warmth, humour, sadness and hope sometimes all at once when listening the candid words and hopefully the viewer will come out of this experience with greater level of acceptance and make less assumptions about what is going on on the “inside”. Please all presume competence.

I highly recommend this DVD.

Paul Isaacs 2017


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Steve Strange – The Man In The Blitz

10959687_10153138014804052_1550923371333130875_nA true pioneer of the New Romantic fashion movement and the creative and distinct frontman of the music band VisageSteve Strange created some truly memorable, evocative and emotional music that stood the test of time and in my opinion never got old.

Not only was the music (both arrangement and lyrics) excellent but the videos that were made were equally important – I always found Visage’s promotional videos like “mini-movies” telling the story of the song with depth and atmosphere. The haunting “Fade to Grey”, the bizarre “Mind Of A Toy” and the Spy-Thriller-esque “Night Train” stand out to me.

Visage’s and Steve proved with their Album “Hearts and Knives” that they were still an original band with striking artwork and provocative songs.

The Man In The Blitz

Painted faces all around
Bows and frills
One man stands his ground

Silver topped cane one week
Trilby hat the next
Looking distinct and sleek

Man of a thousand emotive words
The colourful storm
An electronic thunderclap ruffles the herds

Ahead of his time all round
Creations a wonder
Lost never again but redeemed and found

Inspired by Steve Strange (1959-2015) Frontman of Visage

Paul Isaacs 2015

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The Journey Of Artism

Fancy Beret“I love art and journey that encompasses it – I have no visual memory so my artwork is a journey in real-time and I go along with the journey with no pre-formatting although some basic ideas maybe contextually applied. I like to create things on a whim and feel free in my drawings.”

Paul Isaacs 2014